publication date: Feb. 9, 2018
Dissenters in anti-tobacco movement cite National Academy report in claim that “e-cigarettes are saving lives.” Nope, the NAS report’s authors say
By Matthew Bin Han Ong
A group of tobacco control advocates, one of whom receives money from Philip Morris International, issued a press release trumpeting that “E-Cigarettes are Saving Lives,” and attributed this conclusion to a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
The authors of the FDA-commissioned NASEM report, titled “Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes” say they wrote nothing of the sort, and mainstream leaders in the anti-tobacco world say the statement is a clear misrepresentation of the NASEM report.
The inflated claims were made by the National Tobacco Reform Initiative, an advocacy group focused on reducing “the number of adult smokers in the U.S. by at least 15 million by the year 2024, an interagency-approved goal.”
The group, called NTRI, includes Derek Yach, founder of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, an organization which has received a pledge for $1 billion in “cancer research” funds from Philip Morris International (The Cancer Letter, Oct. 6, 2017).
John Seffrin, former CEO of the American Cancer Society, who is now a professor of practice at Indiana University Bloomington School of Public Health is a supporter of Yach’s initiative and a contact on the NTRI press release about the NASEM report.
Tobacco companies like Philip Morris are losing customers of products that involve burning tobacco and are increasingly emerging as dominant players in the market for alternative products, which include electronic cigarettes and similar devices. Meanwhile, mainstream tobacco control organizations say that while new products may present safer alternatives, their prevalence and harms must be studied.
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